International Women’s Day: Equality Is The Goal, and Equity Is The Means To Get There

Mar 8, 2023 | PDA News

Celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023, by Embracing Equity


International Women’s Day started in 1911. Today, its essence ignites, inspires, directs, and connects audiences globally. Its motto—One world, one mission: a movement forging women’s equality.

There is no right or wrong way to mark International Women’s Day. Just as we should never try to control how a woman can think, or what she can wear, or who she can be, or what she can say, the sheer diversity of activity, and the varied participation of all people around the world, make International Women’s Day truly inclusive and impactful.

From the International Women’s Day website:

Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities.

Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

We at Progressive Democrats of America embrace equity in our continuing quest for equality. We have been in the trenches pushing the Equal Rights Amendment, now finally ratified by 38 states.

Earlier  this year, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Reps. Madeleine Dean (PA-04), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Cori Bush (MO 01), Sydney Kamlager-Dove (CA-37), and Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), unveiled a bicameral, joint resolution in the 118th Congress to affirm the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and take a critical step toward enshrining equality for women in the United States Constitution. PDA’s Congressional Office Liaison team educates members of Congress about this remaining hurdle, and we won’t stop until it passes both Houses.

We continue to fight for women’s reproductive rights and economic parity with men. Help us celebrate and commemorate International Women’s Day by volunteering and/or donating generously.

In solidarity,

Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team